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ICDD Announces our 2011 Fellow & Distinguished Fellow Award Recipients

May 26, 2011

ICDD 2011 Distinguished Fellow Award


This year, the Board of Directors recognized Brian O'Connor, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia as the 2011 Distinguished Fellow. This award is given to a member who has given long and meritorious service to the ICDD.

Over the years, Brian has contributed his expertise to the ICDD, while building a distinguished career within the powder diffraction and crystallographic communities. He has been a member of ICDD since 1983, and has held several positions in the organization including: member of the Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman, and Regional Co-chair for the Indian Ocean Rim. As Co-chair, Brian actively worked with affiliated groups and associations in Australia, Malaysia and India.  He established cooperative relationships between the ICDD and groups such as the AXAA – Australian X-ray Analysis Association, IUCr – International Union of Crystallography, and the Australian Academy of Science. Additionally, he participated in various ICDD workshops and exhibitions held at these venues as well as others in his region.

With over forty years of experience in both single crystal and powder diffraction studies, Brian has made significant research and development contributions to the scientific community. He is known for his advancements in the expansion of modern X-ray and neutron diffraction analysis, including applications of Rietveld crystallographic metrology for material characterization and development of advanced ceramic materials from Western Australian minerals. Brian has authored more than 200 publications, some of which can be found in the ICDD publications, Advances in X-ray Analysis and the journal Powder Diffraction.

The award presentation is scheduled to take place at the 2012 Annual Meeting of ICDD members.

ICDD 2011 Fellow Awards

The ICDD awarded two ICDD Fellows at the 2011 Annual Meetings. This award recognizes individuals who have devoted their time and talent beyond what is normally expected of a member.

Recognized for their leadership in a noteworthy ICDD activity, the 2011 ICDD Fellows are: Lawrence Bernstein, Terrametrix, CA and Richard Bostwick, SPEX SamplePrep, NJ.

Lawrence Bernstein

Larry Bernstein was introduced to the ICDD by long-time member, Mary E. Mrose. He became involved with the ICDD as an editor in 1992, and in 1997 became a member. Larry was named Consulting Editor for Minerals in 1992 and has been working with the Minerals Task Group since then. This group meets twice a year, on a volunteer basis, to review the mineral patterns that are available for publication in the Powder Diffraction File. Their work focuses on standardization, classification assignments, and accuracy of mineral data. Larry is an integral member of this Task Group and an active participant on the Minerals Subcommittee.

Richard C. Bostwick and Tom Blanton (ICDD Chair)

Richard Bostwick serves as an active participant in the ICDD Education Programs, specifically the Specimen Preparation Workshop within the X-ray Fluorescence Clinic and the stand-alone, three-day Specimen Preparation Workshop. Richard has taught specimen preparation for over 30 years, spanning the original SUNY classes, ICDD clinics, and the Denver X-ray Conference. Over the years, Richard, under the auspices of SPEX SamplePrep, has supplied equipment such as grinders, mixers, mills, and presses to our programs to provide a truly hands-on experience for attendees. Richard has also contributed his expertise as a lecturer on this subject, a role which he continues to fill today.


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